Hispines of the World


Asamangulia Maulik 1915: 378





Type Species


Asamangulia cuspidata Maulik.



Asamangulia can be distinguished by the following combination of characters:

  • lateral margin of pronotum and elytra with spines
  • antennomere 1 with long spine
  • pronotum with anterior margin with short, stout, branched spine on each side
  • tarsal claws not fused, asymmetrical



Body elongate; subparallel; subconvex; color black; total length 4.9 to 6.4 mm.

Head: quadrate; vertex rugose, medial sulcus present; eye large, subconvex.

Antenna: filiform; reaches to base of pronotum; with 11-antennomeres; antennomere 1 incrassate, with long spine; 2 subglobose, small; 3 cylindrical, longest; 4 to 6 obconic, subequal in length; 7 to 10 transverse, subequal in length; 11 slightly longer than 10, rounded at apex; 2 to 6 striate; 7 to 11 with reddish pubescence.

Pronotum: transverse; lateral margin rounded, with 3 spines- 2 with common base and a single unbranched (2+1); anterior angle rounded; anterior margin curved, with short, stout branched spine on each side; posterior angle acute; posterior margin bisinuate; surface sparsely rugose or granulose, with 2 transverse depressions laterally, medial longitudinal sulcus present.

Scutellum: triangular; punctate.

Elytron: lateral margin straight, with short, stout spines; exterior apical angle rounded, with longer spines; apical margin subtruncate, with long, stout spines; humerus angulate, not produced; with 8 rows of large, deep punctures plus scutellar row; disc with large spines.

Venter: finely punctate, each puncture with white seta.

Leg: protibia short, obliquely truncate at apex; mesotibiae curved; tarsal claws not fused, asymmetrical.



Afghanistan, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, Saudi Arabia (?), Taiwan, Thailand.

World Fauna


Described species: 6 (Staines 2012). Key: Maulik 1919, Chûjô 1933, Gressitt 1950, Gressitt & Kimoto 1963a, Chen et al. 1986.



Oryza, Miscanthus, Phragmites, Saccharum, Sorghum (Poaceae).



Chen, S. H., P. Y. Yu, C. H. Sun, C. H. T'an, & Y. Zia. 1986. Fauna Sinica (Insecta: Coleoptera: Hispidae). Science Press, Beijing. 653 pp.

Chûjô, M. 1933. Studies on the Chrysomelidae in the Japanese Empire (IV). Transactions of the Natural History Society of Formosa 23:305‑334.

Gressitt, J. L. 1950. The hispine beetles of China (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Lingnan Science Journal 23(1-2):53-142.

Gressitt, J. L. & S. Kimoto. 1963a. The Chrysomelidae (Coleopt.) of China and Korea. Part 2. Pacific Insects Monograph 1B:301‑1026.

Maulik, S. 1915. Cryptostomes from the IndianMuseum Part II. Records of the IndianMuseum 11:367-381.

Maulik, S. 1919. Hispinae and Cassidinae of India, Burma and Ceylon. The fauna of British India. Taylor & Francis, London. 439 pp.

Staines, C. L. 2012. Tribe Hispini. Catalog of the hispines of the world (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae). http://entomology.si.edu/Collections_Coleoptera.html


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